Laugh at their silly, hormone-crazed sense of "humor." You asked them for
their dreams for the future, and what adolescent boy wouldn't want to live
at the Playboy Mansion? Their ambitions are not the same as ours, nor are
our ambitions for THEM. Many of them probably come from homes where
future plans are never even considered, much less discussed and pondered.
I taught for many years in just such a place. The students honestly
didn't give a thought to their lives after HS.
Lower your sights, and make the future a little more accessible. You were
hoping for inspirational, uplifting MLK types of dreams, and you got the
Playboy Mansion instead. Make the future closer to home, like, spring
break or summer plans (and even then, they probably have none; ask them
what they'd LIKE to do if they had some choices.)
> Errr...What do you do when you ask your students to write a speech/poem
> or rap about their dreams for the future, and they write about wanting
> to live at the Playboy mansion? I'm really trying not to give up on
> these kids, but it's becoming difficult!